A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows
May13

Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows

Plumbago is a free digital notebook from Microsoft which, although designed with tablets in mind, works really well on an interactive whiteboard. Plumbago will work on any device running Windows 8 upwards, so it’ll run on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard that’s connected to a Windows 8/10 computer. It’ll also work fine on Windows tablets. Like most notebook software, Plumbago offers a range of papers and inks, and...

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What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?
May03

What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?

SMART have just released version 16 of Smart Notebook.  On the whole, it’ll look the same as older versions, but there’s a few new features worth knowing about. Such as: Image search Tool You can now easily add images to a Notebook page, without having to leave the software. The new Bing-powered image search automatically filters for royalty-free images, allows you to toggle between clip art and images and has safe-search...

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A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder
Feb03

A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder

The Lesson Activity Builder (LAB) is a relatively new feature of Smart Notebook, which is really coming into its own in version 15.2 with a few new games added. It lets you create interactive games very quickly using a simple wizard. Just type in the answers and it will do the rest. The Shout It Out game is also worth a look if you have tablets or other devices in the classroom. It allows for brainstorming activities where words and...

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The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools
Oct15

The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools

If you’ve ever used a SMARTboard you’re probably already aware of the Floating Tools. This is an extra toolbar that sits on the side of the screen. It was always there, even if you were not connected to a SMARTboard, although you could hide/show it via the icon in the system tray. With version 11 of SMART Notebook, SMART brought in SMART Ink. This was a new way of capturing annotations on the board. Although it...

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How to download older versions of Smart Notebook
Sep08

How to download older versions of Smart Notebook

I’m writing this post because I get asked this question a lot during my Smartboard training sessions. Whilst a lot of schools have signed up for the latest version of Smart Notebook 15, and have paid for the new Advantage licence, a lot of schools are still running older versions. And when they need to reinstall an older version of Smart Notebook, the new download page has been causing some confusion (although it has been...

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Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook
Jun29

Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook

If you’re looking for a quick idea for a lesson starter when using your Smartboard, then check out this Magic Paper technique. This activity always goes down well when I show it to teachers during my training sessions. It looks very clever, but is actually really simple to produce. It works with any situation where information comes in pairs – questions and answers, dates and events, words in two languages etc. With the words on...

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Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide
May29

Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide

I’ve written a new book! I’ve taken all of the guides and ideas that I use on my SMARTboard training sessions, and put them together into one book. This book will give you many quick and easy practical ways to get the very best from your SMARTboard. Step-by-step tutorials walk you through the process of making fun and engaging resources. There are ideas for all age ranges and subject areas. You can become a whizz with your...

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Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?
Apr24

Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?

SMART have just released the latest version of SMART Notebook, their interactive whiteboard software. Version 15 does not look very different to version 11 or 14, but there are a few new features and updates to some tools that are worth taking a look at. If you haven’t upgraded to 14 yet, here’s what you’ve already missed! I’ve put together a short video which shows some of these features: Lesson Activity...

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Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro
Feb25

Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro

SMART Notebook Maestro will let you connect your iPad to your SMARTboard wirelessly, and let you interact with a SMART Notebook file. You can annotate, add images and move objects around from your iPad, anywhere in the classroom. This quick guide explains how to quickly get the app connected to SMART Notebook. Requirements. For this to work, you will need SMART Notebook 14, and a valid advantage licence. You will need the latest...

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8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard
Feb17

8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard

While I am a big fan of the Interactive Whiteboard, they can often to lead to situations where the teacher is firmly stuck at the front of the class to “deliver” content to the students. Some schools are looking to move away from this format, and use iPads as an IWB replacement, although I still think the best way forward should be an interactive screen at the front of the class, coupled with tablets. Anyway, if you do...

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Control your Smartboard from your iPad with Smart Maestro
Nov06

Control your Smartboard from your iPad with Smart Maestro

SMART have just announced the release of a much-needed add-on that will let you control content on your SMARTboard via your iPad. Better late than never. There are some caveats here. You need to have a full licence for Notebook 2014 and have purchased the Notebook iPad app.  The SMART Notebook Maestro add-on lets you interact with content and conduct collaborative two-way SMART Notebook lessons from a single iPad anywhere in the...

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